First Plans for Pride 2018 Announced
We’re excited to announce the first wave of artists and events for this year’s Bristol Pride Festival which will see us expanding to a full two weeks of events across the city to celebrate Pride.
Running from the 2 – 15 July the main Pride Day event will take place on Saturday 14 July on the Bristol Harbourside, with the festival taking place across the Amphitheatre, Waterfront Square, and We The Curious’ Millennium Square.
Acts announced today include Indie Britpop punk band Republica fronted by the iconic and fiery Saffron, electro-pop duo Avec Sans, dance sensation and N-Trance front singer Kelly Llorenna, Lloyd Daniels, Laurent John along with tributes to Pink and Madonna all performing on the main stage which is sponsored by headline sponsor Unite Students. Other stages at the festival include a jam-packed cabaret stage with some of the UK’s top performers flocking to Bristol to perform and the Dance Performance stage featuring local and national dancers and workshops with styles ranging from hip hop, salsa to street dance.
Pride Day will start with the Parade march that will depart from Castle Park at 11am and will snake its way around the city with a giant 50 metre rainbow flag. Last year over 7000 people took part in the parade with even more lining the streets to cheer everyone on. A colourful, empowering opportunity to declare loudly and proudly that hate and prejudice doesn’t belong in our city. A message more important than ever in a year that’s seen hate crimes spike across the nation.
Favourites returning across Pride include the Pride Dog Show on Sat 7 July, Theatre at the Wardrobe on Tuesday 10 July featuring a drag version of ‘Murder, She Didn’t write’ and Comedy on Thursday 12 July hosted by TV’s funny woman award winner Jayde Adams. New events for 2018 include poetry, a talk on the science of gender and sexuality in the natural world, and a 24-hour LGBT+ game jam ahead of the popular gaming event at Kongs Bar.
Our award-winning Pride Film Festival, Queer Vision, returns with screenings taking place in the Watershed including a special evening partnered with IRIS Prize, where Bristol Pride (and the audience) make selections for the Best of British competition and the winner on the night will have the chance to win £20,000 in post-production support from Elstree Studios. Submissions for shorts are still open.
One of the highlights is sure to be a specially curated circus evening in partnership with Circomedia where LGBT+ circus and acrobatic performers will dazzle with amazing skills while exploring themes that affect and celebrate the community.
Pride night will again takeover the O2 Academy and feature rooms curated by clubnight DTYM and KIKI, with London club behemoths Savage Disco, a creation of party makers Sink the Pink, headlining the main arena.
Now adopted into the Bristol Cultural Investment Programme as a Key Arts Provider for the city we will be investing in accessibility at the festival and will have British Sign Language interpreters across all stages on Pride Day this year, with support from UWE Bristol. We will also be developing wider channels to celebrate the intersectionality and diversity of the LGBT+ Community in partnership with KIKI Bristol, St Paul’s Carnival and local disability charities and forums.
Nominated for a 2018 National Diversity Award and Shortlisted for Best Pride in 2017 by the Boyz Award, Bristol Pride remains one of the UK’s largest Pride events and we will again be one of Bristol’s largest festivals. So thank you for your support!
We do all this without core funding to put Pride on so we do rely on sponsorship and donations to happen, so thank you in advance to our partners and supports, everyone donating on Pride Day or at fundraising events and to venues such at the Bear Bar and Queenshilling for holding regular fundraising events for us.
Importantly entry to Pride Day is again by a suggested donation of £3 and we will be offering our fantastic £5 supporter wristband to keep the festival going and offer great rewards, including all day free travel with First Bus, money off the onsite bars, and £1 journeys with Bristol Ferrys as well as other fantastic rewards. Wristbands will be on sale soon!